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Spring 2017 public programme at Valand Academy
University of Gothenburg
Above: Anna Linder, Spermwhore. Original Super-8. Photo: Maja Borg.
Above: Anna Linder, Spermwhore. Original Super-8. Photo: Maja Borg.

University of Gothenburg
Vasagatan 50
Gothenburg
Sweden

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The students and staff of the Valand Academy are pleased to announce the commencement of our spring 2017 public programme. Our public programmes include workshops, exhibitions, screenings and seminars, the majority of which are open to the public free of charge. Exceptions may apply where we collaborate with the not-for-profit sector.

February 18 
Symposium: Art is Not a Commodity
Examining Economic Exceptionalism in Art
This event at the ICA London is co-organised with Valand Academy and presented by Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme. This symposium examines the idea that art is not a standard commodity through the theories and practices of economic exceptionalism discussed in Dave Beech’s book Art and Value (Brill 2015). The day is split into four themed sessions: Art and Values, Managing Change, Paying for Art and Art and Work. Speakers include: Dave Beech, Jason Bowman, Marsha Bradfield, Kim Charnley, Gail Day, Mel Evans, Ben Fitton, Julie McCalden, Andrea Phillips, Rosalie Schweiker, Marina Vishmidt, and Josefine Wikström.

February 20
River of Light 2017
Following its first manifestation in 2016, River of Light 2017 will once again bring focus on children’s rights with a procession of lanterns in the city of Gothenburg. The lanterns are created together in a series of open workshops that have involved asylum seeking families, unaccompanied minors, artists and community members. The procession will be held on February 20 to mark the UN World Day of Social Justice. The project is also supported by B-Arts Staffordshire, A-venue and Göteborgs Stad.

March 16—ongoing
In Public Talk Series
This spring we have two new experimental initiatives in respect of public art / art in public space, providing continuing professional development for curators and artists respectively. This event continues a series of public talks and open discussion forums developed in conjunction with this work on “public-ness.”

March 16 
Psychotropic Gold (Zurich)—In Public Talk Series
Christoph Schenker, Rohit Jain and knowbotiq

April 27
Any Given Sunday (Cape Town)—In Public Talk Series
Gabrielle Goliath, Riason Naidoo, Richard Pithouse

May 31
Public Knowledge: Akademin Valand Research Day
Advance notice to “save the date” for this presentation of a curated programme of our current research activity.

June 29–August 8
The Theatre of Mistakes at Raven Row Gallery
Curated by Jason E. Bowman as part of the Stretched research project.

Stretched, is an ongoing research project at Valand Academy, co-researched by Jason E. Bowman, Julie Crawshaw and Mick Wilson, and supported by the Swedish Research Council. This initiative interrogates the exhibitionary potential of micro-cultures within formations of artists-organisation. Bowman will curate the first ever survey of the work of the disbanded, inter-disciplinary performance collective, The Theatre of Mistakes (1974–81) for London’s prestigious Raven Row Gallery, London. Inclusive of artworks, notation, manifestos and ephemera that demonstrate the collective’s inner working processes, the exhibition will importantly also bring back into the public sphere their unique workshops and selected live performances for the first time in decades. (June 29–August 8, Friday to Sunday weekly.)
 
Student exhibitions
MFA Photography, Year 2 in Galleri Monitor and Rotor2, Gothenburg
Openings on March 10 and March 24. Exhibition runs until March 20 and April 3.

MFA Fine Art, Year 1 at the Maritime Museum and Aquarium, Gothenburg
March 29–April 21

BFA Fine Art, Year 3 at Konstepidemin, Gothenburg
Openings on April 8 and April 22. Exhibition runs until May 5.

MFA Fine Art, Year 2 at Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg
April 28–May 21

BFA Photography, Year 3 at Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg
April 29–May 21

MFA Photography, Year 2 at Galleri Partout, Stockholm
June 8–June 18

About Valand Academy 
Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, is a centre for the development of the independent artist/author/film-maker/photographer. We provide courses and programmes (BA, MFA, PhD) in the fields of film, photography, fine art and literary composition.

 

Spring 2017 public programme of Valand Academy at University of Gothenburg

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February 14, 2017